Whilst writing this week’s column I have updated my Facebook status, replied to emails, and watched my friend play the latest game on trend. Procrastination at it’s finest.
Lets be honest we have all been there. You have a deadline due in three days but before you can get down to work first you must spend 20 minutes setting up your work station, which you simply must take a photo of, send it to your friends via snap chat, then edit it for Instagram. After all, the world needs to know that you are doing uni work. Then you suddenly find yourself in dyer need of a drink, and by the time you have returned to your laptop, you’re friends have put those photos up from last night, and you have to go through them all to get rid of any photos where you resemble some sort of vomiting moster. And after all this you are far too hungry to start writing, I mean you don’t want to be distracted before you really start work.
But if you have fallen pray to procrastination, fear not. There are ways you can prevent this.
The best way to do it is to make a plan of 45 minute or 60 minutes periods where you are continually writing or researching your essay. Then give yourself a 15 minute break. Not only will it restrict the time you’re brain has to focus on one topic, but also give you a proper break time to check up on your social networking.
If this doesn’t work for you then perhaps use incentives. Give yourself a treat when you have reached a certain number of words or read a journal. This will make you work faster, and give you less time to be distracted.
If distractions are your ultimate downfall then find a secluded part of the library facing the wall, and put your headphones. If you work best with people then go to the library in a group of people or hold a study session with your housemates n you house.
However if you find yourself drawing swirls on your notebook then do something productive with your time. I have just witnessed my flat mate clean the oven instead of doing his essay. So clean your room, or go for a run, and come back refreshed. As long as you don’t get stuck in the world of vine then you will be fine.
By Laura Howe